The Renault UK Clio Cup title won’t be the only prize up for grabs at this weekend’s (September 29/30) Brands Hatch season finale, with the top six drivers in the championship standings and the Graduates Cup champion set to secure entry to the prestigious International Renault Clio Cup Final event at Circuit Paul Ricard in France.
Taking place on November 3/4, the event will bring together the best drivers from Clio Cup championships France, Italy, Spain, Central Europe, the UK and China for a thrilling end of season winner-takes-all race run over 25 minutes plus one lap. The winner of the race will receive a brand new 280hp Mégane Renault Sport.
As it stands, the trio of Max Coates, Paul Rivett and James Dorlin have all secured their spots virtue of sitting inside the top three whilst Bradley Burns has also done the same after clinching the Graduates Cup at Silverstone.
Daniel Rowbottom, Michael Epps, Jack McCarthy, Lee Pattison, James Colburn and Dan Zelos could all still have their say on booking their spots too.
Renault Sport’s UK Motorsport Championship Manager, Will Fewkes, commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity for up to seven of our drivers to take on the best of the best in Clio Cup competition from across the world. Given the UK Clio Cup’s track record for producing the very best touring car stars of the future, we are confident we will be very well represented.
“This event rekindles the spirit of the famous Renault Finals of old and we very much look forward to discovering at Brands Hatch who will be going to Paul Ricard. We also have at our discretion the option to send an additional driver to represent the UK Clio Cup.”
Tarik Ait Said, Sporting Manager, Renault Sport Racing said: “Gathering all the Clio Cup championships that Renault holds worldwide, the Clio Cup International Final will not only be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the enduring success of Clio but also a stage where the cream of the crop of each national Cup will be pitched against each other to crown the best among the best.
“Given the level of competitiveness that the UK Clio Cup has shown over the years, we expect the British contingent to be on the pace straight away. And don’t forget, a brand new Mégane R.S. awaits the winner at the end of the weekend for the taking!”
Qualifying for the Renault UK Clio Cup weekend of the season is scheduled to take place at 10:55 on Saturday before race one beginning at 16:00 later that day. The final round of the season will be screened live on ITV4 on Sunday, with lights out set for 13:30.